Opera Cheat Sheet

Opera Cheat Sheet: Tosca

Here’s our quick, light-hearted overview of Giacomo Puccini’s beloved Tosca which is this week’s Metropolitan Opera performance airing on Classical 91.7 Saturday at noon.


In this week’s Opera Cheat Sheet, Classical 91.7’s program director St.John Flynn and opera expert Eric Skelly discuss Puccini’s Tosca.  Based on the play La Tosca by French playwright Victorien Sardou, this melodrama is set in Rome in June 1800, with the Kingdom of Naples’s control of Rome threatened by Napoleon’s invasion of Italy, and it tells a story about the intersection of love, art and politics in the life of singer Floria Tosca.  You can hear the Met’s performance of Tosca Saturday at noon on Classical 91.7 and online at classical917.org.


St. John Flynn

St. John Flynn

Arts & Culture Director

Born and raised in Coventry, England, St. John received his B.A. (with honors) in French from the University of Liverpool. He lived and worked in France for two years before coming to the U.S. in 1986 to attend graduate school at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Athens. He worked...

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